'I just want a job'

The job market has just started gaining momentum, but that's of little consolation to these Americans. They've been job searching for months with no luck.

'The timing couldn't be worse'

real people fred royal

I have always been in the administrative field for the last 15 years. Basically, I'm a secretary by training.

It's hard enough being a male in a female-dominated industry. Now with the economy being the way it is, it's that much harder.

I recently went through a divorce, and I live in Texas with no family. My only surviving parent is on a fixed income and sometimes depends on me to give her a few dollars here and there.

I lost my job as an administrative assistant at a large grocery retailer in March of this year. I have put in what I would estimate to be at least 100-150 resumes with maybe 20 interviews. Most of these employers are offering $20,000 to $25,000 a year and don't want to hire me because they are afraid of my experience.

Many have have said they think I will leave for a better paying job.

Better paying job? I can't even get one job.

The timing couldn't be worse. I recently had to relocate to a smaller apartment, and then I got the news that federal benefits will be stopped on December 28th. I found this information out only 11 days prior.

Unemployment benefits provided enough for me to pay most of my bills, but it wasn't enough for me to keep my car. I turned it back in, because I couldn't make the payments.

At this point, I'll probably have to lean on my mother to help me. She is still working in her 60's, and now she's making more than I do.

- Last updated January 09 2014 01:01 PM ET
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